It started out as a joke gift from a friend (you know who you are) during a Steam Halloween sale a few years ago -- and then we both discovered a fun game. If you want some silly fun to balance out your horror games, this would be the game to pick.
Aside from having a fantastic, old-timey soundtrack with great themes for each location, there are a number of ways in which to play this game and have fun. The game has expanded in the three years I have owned it, and I've discovered new content as recent as a few months ago!
My memory is a bit fuzzy, but I THINK originally the game only had Terror Town (hence the title) and the Mansion House. The Mansion House, I'm thinking, was the original portion of the game -- I think this because of the art style -- it looks to be of poorer quality compared to the rest of the game, and I distinctly recall working on achievements related to it. But hey, maybe I'm not remembering correctly!
Ghost Train and North Pole came later, and they're wonderful gems. Thematically they're spot-on and a delight to play. The Ghost Train is actually a carnival/circus train with everything you'd expect to see all aboard a moving train. Your goal is to get everyone to jump off. North Pole is a large department store building stuffed full of Christmas goodness. Your ghost appears to be someone who froze out in the cold, so of course you want to make everyone just as miserable as you no matter what the season is.
But going back to Terror Town, you have a very specific agenda! Not only are you tasked with scaring everyone out of all the buildings in town, but you have to reclaim what was lost -- that is, there are other ghosts you have to call back to the bell tower. Once you've found/released/returned all of them, you can then play them in the game and each has its own special spooky sound.
As a ghost, you can possess all of the objects in the game. The scarier you make the atmosphere, the more choices you have when you possess an object. Max out the atmosphere and you can do some epic spooks that make your entire screen flash and send whole groups of people fleeing in terror! Many of the actions you can take in an object are downright hilarious if you take the time to explore all of the options after maxing out the atmosphere. (There are achievements for using every ability in every object, so it's well worth it to test them all -- it will help you when you replay the areas to get some other achievements!)
Right now you can pick up the game for a whole 99¢ in the Steam store, or get the soundtrack version for $1.39. It's money well spent if you're wanting a fun diversion from horror games but still want to enjoy Halloween!
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